That mystery group that we wrote about last July – Coalition for Louisiana Progress, Inc. – will put in an appearance in Northeast Louisiana this week, and is a little bit less mysterious than it was then.
Monroe area news media are hooking up with the group for the Tuesday night forum.
The secrecy was lifted a bit, with the group listing the Board of Directors on their website.
The Chairman is Darrell Hunt, a long-time Democrat Party political operative and lobbyist.
The group’s Executive Director is Melissa Flournoy, a former Democrat state legislator from the Shreveport area. She also appears to be a political operative/lobbyist, judging from the groups she’s affiliated with.
Which touches on the unknown factors surrounding the group – specifically, who funds them, and how is their money spent.
As a federally recognized public charity, the group is required to file a public tax return, form 990.
However, the group claims to have raised no more than $50 thousand in 2010, and $25 thousand in 2009. That enables them to get away with filing a 990-N, an e-postcard return, with no information at all on where their money comes from or where it goes to.
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Their website is full of rhetoric about “following the money” regarding cuts to education and other government spending.
How about some disclosure from Coalition for Louisiana Progress? And how about a little investigative reporting from the “real news media” before you all hook up with groups that are a front for lobbyists?